I created a firkin fall centerpiece from a garage sale find!
I saw a beauty from across the dirt packed pavilion on a recent trip to Vintage Market Days, I was looking for an ice cream bucket on that particular trip but this was not an ice cream bucket …
The vendor referred to it as a firkin, not a bucket. But these primitive wooden vessels – some painted, some with iron banding, a few with handles and in all different shapes and sizes were gorgeous. Think of the possibilities!
And then she told me the price …
ARE YOU FIRKIN KIDDING ME?
I love a play on words and a 12 year old sense of humor but I digress.
I walked away from the firkins that obviously had the secrets to anti aging, eating bread and still fitting in real pants and other life secrets because why else would they be so expensive?
Then all glory days a bit later I found this popcorn bucket at a garage sale for $1!
A Firkin Disguised As A Popcorn Bowl
That popcorn bowl was getting “fifth sparrow-d no more” and being recreated as a firkin – a firkin fall centerpiece that is!
First Steps To Create A Firkin Fall Centerpiece
- Clean the firkin with Heirloom Traditions Paint Deglosser. This cleans, etches and prepare your surface for painting. NO deactivation (water rinse) required after. Use a chip brush to apply the product and a green scrubbie pad to clean the surface. Wipe clean with a towel or old t-shirts.
- Tape the metal bands with painter’s tape. This will keep the paint off of them in the next step!
- I used Heirloom Traditions Paint in Bone, a white that’s not too white but not creamy! It also has great coverage and I only needed one coat.
- After letting the paint dry use the micro sander to scuff the edges and anywhere else you would like the wood to show through.
Saving Money When Making A Firkin Fall Centerpiece
Ideas For Inexpensive Centerpiece Fillers
Create Your Own Floral Picks
- Gather skewers and toothpicks
- Insert wooden skewers into the bottom of larger items
- Use toothpicks in mini pumpkins to create instant fillers for small spaces in your centerpiece
- Don’t buy expensive feathers in the floral department – purchase crafting feathers and attach to a wooden skewer
Hold It Together
Styrofoam can be cut down with a steak knife from your kitchen, no need for fancy tools!
A Firkin Fall Centerpiece
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I used feathers, pumpkins and what I am calling Truffula Tree (who are my Dr. Seuss fans?) floral picks. They are bit like the clovers in Horton Hears a Who too!
Fall berry picks and lamb’s ear leaves were added into the centerpiece for more texture and color.
Before You Fly Away To Create A Firkin Fall Centerpiece
What fabulous garage sale find will you firkin fall in love with, repurpose and fill with your own fall centerpiece? Pin this post to Pinterest to help you make a firkin fall centerpiece of your own – hover over any picture or the image below to save it to your account. So easy!